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M. Butterfly - 2017 - Broadway

$46-$472

David Henry Hwang's modern classic, M. BUTTERFLY charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer - a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west - while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen will star as Rene Gallimard in the first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M. BUTTERFLY, directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor.

For the Tony Award-winning play's first Broadway return, Hwang will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play's 1988 premiere.

Schedule

Cort Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
138 West 48th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For M. Butterfly


Review: ‘M. Butterfly’ Returns to Broadway on Heavier Wings - New York Times
Though it bent (and blew) the minds of rapt audiences with its elusive opalescence nearly three decades ago, David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly" returns to Broadway on heavier, drabber wings. True, the revival that opened on Thursday night at the Cort Theater, directed by Julie Taymor, has basically the same anatomy as its predecessor. But it has undeniably morphed into a more prosaic creature, and the tantalizing mists that surrounded its initial run have dissolved as if under a harsh morning sun. When the enigmatic title character in this breakthrough drama about the illusions of sexual and cultural identity is brusquely commanded to "Strip!" by a stricken suitor, you're apt to think, "No need guys. That's already been taken care of."

Theater Review: M. Butterfly, Chasing Its Own Reality - Vulture
When David Henry Hwang's memory play M. Butterfly made its Broadway debut almost 30 years ago, it took home the Tonys for Best Play, Best Direction, and Best Performance by a Featured Actor (B. D. Wong in a career-making turn as the Chinese opera singer Song Liling). It also ran for almost two years - a remarkable feat considering its thematically ambitious, stranger-than-fiction story. The play is based both on Puccini's romantic (and deeply problematic) tragedy of an opera, Madama Butterfly, and on the real-life affair between the Beijing opera singer Shei Pei Pu and French diplomat Bernard Boursicot, who for 20 years believed his male lover to be a woman.


 



 

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by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2017
Before she flies away for good, we're charting Butterfly's course to Broadway below!
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2017
'Orange is the New Black' star and Broadway vet Lori Tan Chinn received a warm welcome at the Cort Theatre last night from the cast of the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award -winning play, M. Butterfly.
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2017
The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award -winning play, M. BUTTERFLY will play its final performance on Sunday, December 17, 2017, after playing 19 previews and 61 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street).
by BWW News Desk - December 8, 2017
Sound permeates our daily lives and shapes our existence. From 'ear yoga' to Buddhist-inspired opera, talks and programs this fall build on themes in Rubin Museum's newest exhibition, The World Is Sound. For more about the exhibition, visit RubinMuseum.org/Wavelength, and scroll down for related talks, films and experiences, including a panel with David Henry Hwang about Broadway's M. Butterfly!
by BWW News Desk - November 28, 2017
The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M. Butterfly will play its final performance on Sunday, January 14, 2018 after playing 19 previews and 93 regular performances at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street).
by Michael Dale - November 18, 2017
When David Henry Hwang's 1988 Best Play Tony-winner M. BUTTERFLY, inspired by the romance between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Peking opera singer Shi Pei Pu, who the Frenchman didn't know was a) a Communist spy, and b) a man, first played on Broadway, there was a not so small detail that tended to baffle audience members.
by Naomi Serviss - November 13, 2017
In her Broadway debut, Den is acting in a play that she says 'had a orofound effect on me' from the time she first read it while in high school.
by BWW News Desk - November 6, 2017
Sound permeates our daily lives and shapes our existence. From 'ear yoga' to Buddhist-inspired opera, talks and programs this fall build on themes in Rubin Museum's newest exhibition, The World Is Sound. For more about the exhibition, visit RubinMuseum.org/Wavelength, and scroll down for related talks, films and experiences, including a panel with David Henry Hwang about Broadway's M. Butterfly!
by Alexa Criscitiello - November 3, 2017
David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M BUTTERFLY, directed by Julie Taymor, opened this week at the Cort Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - November 3, 2017
Asia Society continues its discussions and events, including David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor in conversation about M. Butterfly's return to Broadway. Scroll down for details!
by Walter McBride - October 27, 2017
David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, M BUTTERFLY, directed byJulie Taymor, opened just last night at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th street). We're taking you inside the after party below!